MCA6 Neoclassical

"Every age reflects its own image into its arts." Meaning, each historic time period can be characterized by the art and architecture it produced as it relates to the social and political happenings of the time. Neoclassical art often depicted classical subject material in great historical accuracy due to the revived interest in classical antiquity during the late eighteenth century. Although still influenced by the preceding art period of Rococo style, neoclassicism almost wholeheartedly centered on classic Greek and Roman values. The art was also quite rigid with limited emotion, contrasting heavily to previous art.

Emotion can be seen in the subject's face of this sculpture which traces it back to Rococo styles, but it is considered neoclassical because of the clear classical Greek influence in the format and style.
Once again, emotion can be seen in the subjects' faces indicating Rococo styling. However, the image in the center has large referencing to the Greek god of nature, Pan, because he was thought to be a satyr with a crown of vines.
Again, emotion can be seen in the faces of the sculpture, not unlike Greek and Roman sculptures, but uncharacteristic for neoclassicism. The subjects "Mars and Venus" are both Roman gods.
Continuing the pattern, emotion is evident in the subjects. Greek and Roman influence is seen in Venus, a Roman god, and Adonis, a Greek god.
The accuracy in the sculpture is impeccable. Without knowing better, a casual observer would mostly likely peg this as a sculpture straight from Ancient Greece, Apollo being a Greek god.
Neoclassical art is often described as almost "not as good" as art seen previously in history because of the lack of emotion and depth. This painting, although clearly skilled, remains without any depth in color or emotion.
Like the sculpture of Apollo, seen previously, this work can be easily mistaken as that of actual ancient Greece or Rome. Venus being a Roman goddess.
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